COLUMBUS, Ohio -- An Ohio tea party activist wants to use a unique weapon against Gov. John Kasich's continued efforts to expand Medicaid: The Internal Revenue Service.
In a confidential email sent to fellow Ohio tea party leaders and obtained by The Associated Press, Portage County Tea Party executive director Tom Zawistowski lays out a strategy for invoking a little-known IRS provision that allows citizens to challenge salaries of hospital CEOs.
In a phone interview, Zawistowski calls it "hilarious" that tea party groups that came under extra scrutiny by the IRS are now using an IRS law to target others.
Zawistowski identifies the hospitals as big financial backers of expanded Medicaid. His email says tea party groups will "make Medicaid personal" by publicizing large salaries of those seeking federal money to help the poor.
Zawistowski tells WCPN that the tea party will 'definitely' challenge Kasich in the primaries.
By JULIE CARR SMYTH
The Associated Press